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Called to life by prof. Peter A. Bruck, honorary chairman of the International Center for New Media, in 2012, the European Youth Award (EYA) is a leading pan-European competition honouring excellence in the use of Internet and mobile applications for social empowerment. Conducted under the patronage of the Council of Europe and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, EYA is an annual contest motivating young people under the age of 33 to produce socially valuable digital projects addressing the goals defined by the Council of Europe, Europe 2020 and the UN SDGs.

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The European Youth Award is a pan-European contest for young people, start-ups and social entrepreneurs (under the age of 33) creating digital projects (e.g. websites, online campaigns, mobile or web apps, interactive installations, IoT) with impact on society. Projects can be submitted to different solution-oriented EYA categories addressing the goals defined by the Council of Europe and Europe 2020 as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Addressing young creative social entrepreneurs and start-up founders, #EYA17 is the only pan-European contest awarding Digital Creativity improving Society. To enrich the competition in intercultural and international dimensions, the list of eligible countries has been extended to member states of the Union for the Mediterranean. Hence, smart minds from Tunisia, Israel, Mauretania and seven more countries also have the chance to apply and compete!
To draw special attention to one of the world’s most burning, but broadly underestimated challenges, a Special Category for solutions protecting and promoting the global resource Water – blue planet | drinking water | sanitation | water management is introduced this year.

International experts from all branches of the Creative Industry, known as the Grand Jury, will evaluate all submissions in three stages. The most outstanding solutions will be announced end of September/beginning of October. The winning teams will receive an invitation to the EYA Festival (Winners Event) to pitch their projects in Graz, Austria, from November 29 to December 2, 2017. 

Bewerbungsbeginn 20. Feb 2017
Bewerbungsschluss 15. Jul 2017
Verleihung 02. Dez 2017

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The DIGITAL project, product or application entering the contest must be mainly initiated and executed by young people under the age of 33 (born on or after January 1, 1984) living in one of the member states of the Council of Europe or the Union for the Mediterranean, Belarus, Kosovo or Syria.

(59 eligible countries: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritania, Republic of Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom

Länder: Deutschland
SPECIAL CATEGORY 2017 - WATER blue planet | drinking water | sanitation | water management

The Special Category Water includes digital projects and solutions that…

  • Raise awareness of the significance of water as a key resource to be protected.
  • Raise efficiency of water-use across all sectors & target sustainable water resource management at all levels.
  • Promote the sustainable use of the oceans’, seas’ and marine resources.
  • Ensure availability of sanitation.
  • Enhance access to clean and safe drinking for all people everywhere.
  • Support and spread stakeholder networks in the field of water and sanitation.
  • Reduce water pollution.
  • Support campaigns for alternatives to bottled water eliminating plastic bottle pollution.
  • Help to monitor and maintain water systems.
OPEN INNOVATION disruptive apps | crazy stuff | digital magic | improving the world

The Open Innovation includes digital projects and solutions that…

  • improve society, but do not fit in any other category.
  • have a clear social focus, or reflect and raise awareness for social grievances.

This category is especially for people living in Europe targeting challenges outside Europe and trying to improve the world with their projects.

SUSTAINABLE ECONOMICS: financial literacy | employment | decent work | end hunger

The Sustainable Economics category includes digital projects and solutions that…

  • Enhance basic economic understanding and financial literacy.
  • Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
  • Help to reach full and productive employment, and decent work for all.
  • Create opportunities for social & responsible commerce and fair trade.
  • Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  • Help fundraise for NPOs, social projects and humanitarian organization.
  • Work to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.
  • End hunger and malnutrition, especially in the world’s least industrialized countries.
  • Take action on SDG 1, 2, 8 and 12.
ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP: digital journalism | democratic participation | social cohesion | human rightsempowerment

The Active Citizenship category includes digital projects and solutions that…

  • Enhance free, critical and investigative journalism.
  • Ensure freedom of speech, opinion and press.
  • Raise awareness for societal problems and find solutions for social exclusion, injustice and inequality.
  • Promote a bottom-up approach in political decision-making.
  • Create awareness for human rights and provide access to justice for all.
  • Enable low threshold access to information on social rights, and civil and social participation.
  • Promote meaningful participation in the planning and management of living environments.
  • Ensure that people are able to exercise their role as active citizens without discrimination.
  • Take action on SDG 16.
GO GREEN: sustainable energy | biodiversity | climate change | intelligent infrastructures

The Go Green category includes digital projects and solutions that…

  • Raise people’s awareness of energy consumption, and foster a responsible and sustainable attitude.
  • Help to increase energy efficiency and the production of energy from renewables.
  • Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable und modern energy for all.
  • Combat climate change and its impacts, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems.
  • Conserve biodiversity and provide information about it.
  • Make cities and human settlement smart, resilient & sustainable.
  • Support sustainable food production and agriculture.
  • Make our planet green and clean.
  • Take action on SDG 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15.
HEALTHY LIFE: healthcare | sports | food | well-being

The Healthy Life category includes digital projects and solutions that…

  • Raise awareness for the health and well-being of people at all stages of life.
  • Overcome economic, social & demographic barriers hindering access to medical treatment and health information.
  • Find new possibilities in healthcare and medical treatments.
  • Reduce maternal mortality ration & preventable deaths of newborn & children.
  • Provide relevant data, diagnosing and communication tools supporting medical professionals and patients.
  • Promote usage of ICTs for sports, physical exercise and an active lifestyle to prevent future health problems.
  • Offer smart health devices or ensure tech solutions.
  • Develop patient-centered approaches aimed at overall well-being.
  • Pursue digital health technologies.
  • Promote a balanced diet, achieve food security and improved nutrition.
  • Pursue novel food technology solutions for reducing food waste.
  • Promote a responsible lifestyle, especially addressing substance misuse, addiction, sexual and reproductive health, early, unplanned or crisis pregnancy, mental health, sport, nutrition, family and work perspectives.
  • Take action on SDG 2 and 3.
CONNECTING CULTURES: diversity | heritage | integration | gender equality | music

The Connecting Cultures category includes digital projects and solutions that…

  • Support multilingualism, and the understanding and knowledge of different cultures and communities.
  • Preserve and rediscover cultural heritage and indigenous culture, knowledge and tradition.
  • Empower inclusion and integration at all societal levels or any other status, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, and economic or other status.
  • Reduce inequality within and among countries.
  • Improve the accessibility and affordability of cultural opportunities including theatre, concerts or exhibitions.
  • Achieve gender equality in all social and economic spheres.
  • Enhance new forms of culture.
  • Use music as a universal language, touching and connecting the human spirit, crossing boundaries of culture, race and religion.
  • Support travelers to find information and inspiration, while accessing up to date travel information to enhance safety.
  • Take action on SDG 5 and 10.
SMART LEARNING: education | infotainment | e-skills | science and R & D

The Smart Learning category includes digital projects and solutions that…

  • Find new creative approaches to education & learning.
  • Help to boost the learner’s motivation by making learning fun and joyful.
  • Promote lifelong learning opportunities and support related networks.
  • Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education.
  • Enable the earliest possible assessment and identification of learning and social problems, cultural or other barriers hindering education.
  • Reduce the rates of early school leaving, but also make second chance education opportunities available.
  • Promote digital skills, ICT competence and MINT professions.
  • Provide specific education tools for disadvantaged groups (including regional, social, economic, cultural, physical or other disadvantages).
  • Promote science and inclusive R&D, and support interdisciplinary networks involving various interest groups (such as teachers, students, researchers, policy makers).
  • Create and support inclusive and effective learning environments.
  • Help strengthen joyful teaching methods, and support teaching resources and knowledge.
  • Have a special focus on offline learning applications for regions with poor Internet connection.
  • Take action on SDG 4.

At the Festival (Nov 29-Dec 2) you will:

  • present your innovative project in front of an expert and high-level audience
  • receive two profound project checks and further developement suggestions by international and local students
  • learn from outstanding speakers, experienced entrepreneurs and opinion-leaders
  • exchange and discuss your ideas and visions with young engaged people from all over Europe
  • get honored and applauded on an international stage!
  • Registration, including submitting project information, must be completed online via the European Youth Award database ( After successful registration, participants receive Login Data and an ID number via e-mail.
  • Registration procedure includes signing and transmitting the release form to the EYA office. By signing the release form submitters confirm that they are the rightful owners to the necessary rights to submit the project. These rights include the copyright, right for using pictures, sound or audio components.
  • Projects can also be nominated by an EYA Ambassador or former EYA Winners. Nominated projects can be directly sent to online jury round 2 (upon discretion of the nominator).

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